Advertisement

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Suffering Physical Abuse: A Prayer

Jesus suffered at the hands of expert executors, professionals with vast experience, knowledge, and skill in the “art” of torture. Watching a person being led away to crucifixion was a common occurrence in Jerusalem in the 30’s AD. But Jesus was anything but a common criminal. Yet he took on that horrendous curse.

Yesterday we looked at the verbal abuse that Jesus experienced at the hands of his persecutors. Matthew 27 also uses very descriptive words to give us a glimpse of the physical abuse he suffered:  “They…. spit at him…slapped him…jeered at him…bound him…condemned him…betrayed him…flogged him…stripped him…struck him…abused him…”

Being stripped, completely naked in public is nothing less than sexual abuse. On Good Friday Jesus experienced every brand of abuse that exists to mankind. For you and for me.

Jesus,

For the sacrifice of your body, we give you thanks.
For the pain you endured, we give you thanks.
For the shame you suffered, naked and exposed, taunted and ridiculed, we give you thanks.
For the forgiveness you uttered in the midst of that pain, we stand in awe. And give you thanks.
We present our bodies alongside yours as a living sacrifice in honor of you today. We receive the gift that you offer, bearing in your body our suffering, scars, and abuse. We give you thanks. And we, like you, are not victims, and with you we say, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.”

Amen

Previous Posts

A Prayer for Anger Management
So Jesus came to Jerusalem and went into the Temple. After looking around carefully at everything, he left because it was late in the afternoon. Then he returned to Bethany with the twelve disciples... When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people b

posted 11:59:48am Mar. 31, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for Holy Week
..."He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth... "  Isaiah 53:3-4 AMP For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes... Romans 1:16 NLT Let us determine in our deepest souls to appreciate the worth of the Son of God and

posted 11:19:10am Mar. 30, 2015 | read full post »

Who I Am in Jesus
Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT) I love the notion of starting over – of God wiping the slate clean and re-designing my life after I've messed it up. Being IN CHRIST or "belonging to Christ" means that I l

posted 12:28:19pm Mar. 26, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Find God
“Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! ...What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God, the very gateway to heaven!” ~Jacob (Genesis 28:16,17) Jacob's plans had gone awry. He got what he wanted:  he stole his brother's birthright as well as

posted 1:36:43pm Mar. 25, 2015 | read full post »

A Procrastinator's Prayer of Repentance
Now, a person who is put in charge as a manager must be faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!'" Ma

posted 11:31:00am Mar. 24, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.